January 22 was the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Estimates of tens of thousands to 200,000 were in Washington for a rally. It didn’t get much coverage by the news media. I heard that president Obama was advised to wait til the day afterwards to rescind the Mexico City Policy. I thought our economy was bad, that we were in a crisis (which is why they want to rush the economic stimulus package through Congress). What I don’t understand is why rescinding this policy was so urgent. It is not stimulating the economy. It is taking money from the taxpayers. Let’s look at some history and see what the Mexico City policy actually is. This info is lifted from the whitehouse.gov site. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must be those like Planned Parenthood, which is receiving lots of taxpayer dollars (against the wishes of lots of Americans) as well as making lots of money on abortions.
“The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151b(f)(1)), prohibits nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive Federal funds from using those funds “to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.” The August 1984 announcement by President Reagan of what has become known as the “Mexico City Policy” directed the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand this limitation and withhold USAID funds from NGOs that use non-USAID funds to engage in a wide range of activities, including providing advice, counseling, or information regarding abortion, or lobbying a foreign government to legalize or make abortion available. The Mexico City Policy was in effect from 1985 until 1993, when it was rescinded by President Clinton. President George W. Bush reinstated the policy in 2001, implementing it through conditions in USAID grant awards, and subsequently extended the policy to “voluntary population planning” assistance provided by the Department of State.
These excessively broad conditions on grants and assistance awards are unwarranted. Moreover, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning programs in foreign nations. Accordingly, I hereby revoke the Presidential memorandum of January 22, 2001, for the Administrator of USAID (Restoration of the Mexico City Policy), the Presidential memorandum of March 28, 2001, for the Administrator of USAID (Restoration of the Mexico City Policy), and the Presidential memorandum of August 29, 2003, for the Secretary of State (Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning). In addition, I direct the Secretary of State and the Administrator of USAID to take the following actions with respect to conditions in voluntary population planning assistance and USAID grants that were imposed pursuant to either the 2001 or 2003 memoranda and that are not required by the Foreign Assistance Act or any other law: (1) immediately waive such conditions in any current grants, and (2) notify current grantees, as soon as possible, that these conditions have been waived. I further direct that the Department of State and USAID immediately cease imposing these conditions in any future grants.”
This was signed by Barack Obama. What I don’t get is why this was so all-fire important, when we are so “in crisis”. Before his inauguration, there was a lot of talk that it certainly looked like he would govern from the center, if one looked at his cabinet picks. Now that he is elected it looks like he intends to ramrod his agenda through fast and hard (in the first 100 days maybe) at the total expense of the American people. Obviously, this action is something he has been thinking about for a long time. I wonder what our Founding Fathers would say about such a thing. Read the Obituary of common sense that I posted below on January 26, 2009.
Update: This is taken from a report on topix.com:
“Most liberal news media refuse to cover the annual event, effectively resulting in news censorship over Pro-life events on a national level.
The new President Obama was invited to address the participants, but refused the invitation, reiterating his strong pro-abortion stance. He held the strongest pro-abortion stance in Congress and co-sponsored the FOCA bill (Freedom of Choice Act) to strip the States of the ability to have individual stances on abortion, expand abortion options, and to use federal money – despite the bad US economy and deep national debt – to fund abortions here and abroad. He has even spoken about killing unwanted babies after delivery, if the mother wishes. The FOCA bill is under consideration in Congress, at this time.”